DUBLIN: The Indian female hockey team recorded a comprehensive 4-1 victory over the United States in the U-23 5 Nations Tournament here Thursday.
Annu (49th, 52nd) scored a brace, while Nikita Toppo (48th) and Vaishnavi Phalke (58th) netted a goal each for India.
Hannah Miller (46th) scored the only goal for the Americans.
The Indian team got off to a fast start, winning the game’s first penalty corner within 10 minutes. Although it didn’t result in a goal, India made their intentions clear by trying to attack early in the game to take the lead.
Despite their best efforts, neither India nor the United States was able to break the deadlock at the end of the first quarter.
India took the lead early in the second quarter and were rewarded for their efforts by winning their second CP. However, the United States defense held firm and prevented India from converting him.
After that, USA mounted a counterattack, which resulted in their first penalty corner of the match, but it did not result in a goal, forcing both teams into half-time with no advantage. .
As in the first and second quarters of the game, India and USA struggled to control the tempo of the game in the third quarter without producing any clear chances.
The last quarter proved to be the most exciting as both teams scored all of their goals in the final 15 minutes.